What’s the best way to dry wool? The safest—and only—way to dry wool is by air drying. Never, ever put wool clothing, including wool blends, in the dryer. The heat (even low heat) from machine drying will immediately shrink wool fabrics.
Lay your wool item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or on top of a clean towel to dry. Again, do not put it in the dryer! To achieve a crease-free finish, it’s important to use your hands to reshape your wool item and gently press away wrinkles. If your wool item looks as though it has shrunken slightly in the wash—don’t fret. Wool yarns naturally tighten when wet, and will gently loosen during the drying process. This is why the reshaping step is key to achieving a “dry clean” looking finish to your wool. Take care to simply press, and not yank, the wool fabric to achieve the desired shape.
Expedite drying wool by laying the item flat on a clean towel. With the item in its original shape, roll it up in the towel (like a sleeping bag) to remove excess water. Never hang wet woolens, as the weight of the fabric can cause it to warp and permanently stretch into an unsightly shape.
When drying wool, avoid direct sunlight and heat sources, such as the radiator, because they can yellow, shrink, or damage woolens.
To remove wrinkles from wool, we recommend steaming for the best and safest finish. Do not iron, as ironing will crush or flatten the natural pile of the yarns. Keep in mind that smoothing wet wool fabric will help prevent wrinkles from occuring in the first place.
To freshen wool between wearings and to remove odors, spritz with Wool & Cashmere Spray. For slightly heavier odors, steam wool items for a more invigorating clean. Always launder wool items before putting them away for the summer season, as critters are attracted to residue from sweat and body oils (even those you can’t smell yourself).